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12–15 page paper
In writing the literature review, your purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic. The literature review must be guided by a well-defined common topic (e.g., the shared problem or issue that connects all the references). It is not just a descriptive list of the available research or a set of article summaries.
A well-written literature review is a piece of discursive prose, not a list describing or summarizing one piece of literature after another. It’s usually a bad sign to see every paragraph beginning with the name of a researcher. Instead, organize the literature review into sections that present themes or identify trends, including relevant theory. You are not trying to cover all the material published but to synthesize and evaluate a well-chosen selection, according to the guiding concept of your thesis or research question.
As a writer, you should be able to do the following:
Your completed paper should contain the following sections:
· Title page followed by a page break.
· One-paragraph Abstract (followed by a page break).
· Introduction (1-2 pages long, max), starts on the new page with the paper Title as the heading
· Body of the paper (i.e., literature review) organized by topics/themes (not by articles). If there are subheadings within this section that make sense, please insert them.
· Discussion/summary followed by a page break
· References (starts on the top of the new page)
1. The title page should have the running head, title of your paper, your name, and school affiliation (i.e., University of Hartford) on separate lines in the center of the page. Capitalize each word in the title. Start abstract on a new page by inserting a page break.
2. Abstract – should be written last. Feel free to paraphrase information from your intro and from your discussion sections. This is a short, quick summary paragraph of your paper’s topic/purpose and main ideas.
3. The body of the paper (start on new page) begins with an introduction of a literature review that will follow. Explain why this topic is interesting and relevant. The introduction should prepare your reader by providing the necessary generalbackground on the topic you will be exploring further in the body of your literature review, providing definitions for unfamiliar terms, and establishing the major topics/question(s) that your review helps to define. Make sure to cite your sources. It should also contain a purpose statement.
4. The literature review should summarize the findings of research studies as well as other scholarly writing on your topic. High-quality writing will include smooth, logical transitions between paragraphs and section headings. You should write in a formal style and avoid the use of first-person language (ex. I, we, you, etc.). You need to review at least 4 different peer-reviewed articles (at least two primary research reports).
5. The discussion (1-2 pages) should highlight the most important research findings and practical implications described in your paper in summary form. Evaluate the work done in the area you are researching. State its strengths, weaknesses, and what remains to be done. If you have incorporated this integrative/synthesis commentary throughout your paper, you will summarize the highlights and conclusions of your review in this closing discussion.
6. The Reference List starts on a new page using a Page Break (Ctrl-Enter in Word). Type the word References and center it at the top of the page. The reference list must contain a list of all the sources of information you used and cited in your paper. It is essential that every in-text citation is on the reference list and that every reference on the reference list is cited in the text of the paper. Failure to do so is plagiarism and will be treated as such. Think of it this way: the authors of the articles you present provide the content; YOU provide the wording and organization of the information. Remember, if you use someone else’s words in your paper, you must put them inside quotation marks and reference them. The Reference page and citations must follow APA format.